On top of Longs Peak

John Bush

I am a PhD Student in Civil and Environmental Engineering. I am studying crystallization during membrane distillation processes to better understand the mechanisms and limitations of mass and heat transfer in the hybrid membrane distillation and crystallization process. The overall goal of this research, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, is to develop better desalination techniques that have higher recovery from hypersaline resources and may be simultaneously used to harvest valuable minerals from the water. My faculty advisor is Professor Tzahi Cath.

About Me


  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO. 2012
  • B.S. Environmental Sciences, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT. 2001

Prior Work

CFD Analysis of Airlift-Driven Raceway Ponds

I am interested in a broad range of engineering applications, but as a graduate student have primarily focused on fluid mechanics and thermal sciences. During my Masters program at Mines I used computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to study flow characteristics in airlift-driven raceway ponds for algae growth systems. This novel approach to open pond bioreactors was based on research at New Mexico State University. My advisor was Professor David Munoz. You may find my final report here.

GK-12 Fellowship Program

From Fall 2010 to Spring 2012, I was a teaching fellow with the GK-12 Learning Partnership at CSM. This is a program which brings graduate students such as myself into local public schools to assist elementary and middle school students in the subjects of math and science. For more information about my role in the program, please see my GK-12 page.

EGGN 351 - Fluid Mechanics

I was the teaching assistant for the undergraduate fluid mechanics course at CSM for the Spring 2009, Fall 2009, and Spring 2010 semesters. During the spring courses I worked with Dr. Neal Sullivan, and during the fall course I worked with Dr. Chris Dreyer. My primary resposibilities were facilitating a recitation session where students were guided through problems related to current lecture material, writing homework assignments, and assisting in the grading of exams. Click here for a course description.


You can view and download my full resume in PDF format by clicking either on the link below or in the sidebar. I prepared it in LaTeX using a modified version of a template I found online. If you use LaTeX and like the way it looks feel free to use it for your own resume, the source code contains links to the original template as well.